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  1. #1 Is it possible to make a mushroom cloud? 
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    Hello all

    Im currently having a project about nuclear bombs. We need to make a creative thing, like a homepage or a painting. I've decided to make a mushroom cloud

    So is it anyhow possible to get the effect of a mushroom cloud by mixing something? Or do you have other suggestions to what I could do instead?

    Your help will be much appreciated!


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    I haven't done this myself but I've heard that a nice Nagasaki style mushroom cloud can be made by setting up an ordinary propane cylinder at your local rifle range. Then have a flame burning near the propane cylinder, such as by lighting a flare. Shoot a hole in the propane cylinder and ... kaboom.

    http://www.trapshooters.com/cfpages/...sageid=1045999


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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold14370
    I haven't done this myself but I've heard that a nice Nagasaki style mushroom cloud can be made by setting up an ordinary propane cylinder at your local rifle range. Then have a flame burning near the propane cylinder, such as by lighting a flare. Shoot a hole in the propane cylinder and ... kaboom.

    http://www.trapshooters.com/cfpages/...sageid=1045999
    I doubt we would be able to make it that way, our teacher would'nt be happy We had hoped it would be possible by mixing something and it would then make some smoke. My mate and me are both good at chemistry and physics, but we do only attend 9th grade (15 years old) so we don't have many opportunities
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    There are some videos on YouTube of home-made smoke bombs which look much like mushroom clouds. I wouldn't know how to make one, but it would seem you'd have to make a reasonably large, cased smoke bomb, and put some gunpowder in it to get the boom and cloud effect. Don't know if that helps at all.
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    I think this is what you're looking for:

    Take some lead, not the stuff that is in your pencil! take some LEAD and file some shavings, or powder into acetone. You must shave it from a chunk of lead, you cant buy lead powder. it wont work. Okay, so you have a good quantity of lead shavings/powder in a bath of acetone in a test tube. Stand on top of something high, and pour the mixture at the floor. The acetone will evaporate, leaving the Lead exposed to oxygen, which then bursts into flames causing a red mushroom cloud. Its very fun, and even though not TO dangerous, use caution. Oh yea! one more thing, the fumes produced by this experiment are VERY TOXIC! Be careful.
    Taken from: http://www.helium.com/tm/180053/chem...nothing-better
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    Quote Originally Posted by TvEye
    I think this is what you're looking for:

    Take some lead, not the stuff that is in your pencil! take some LEAD and file some shavings, or powder into acetone. You must shave it from a chunk of lead, you cant buy lead powder. it wont work. Okay, so you have a good quantity of lead shavings/powder in a bath of acetone in a test tube. Stand on top of something high, and pour the mixture at the floor. The acetone will evaporate, leaving the Lead exposed to oxygen, which then bursts into flames causing a red mushroom cloud. Its very fun, and even though not TO dangerous, use caution. Oh yea! one more thing, the fumes produced by this experiment are VERY TOXIC! Be careful.
    Taken from: http://www.helium.com/tm/180053/chem...nothing-better
    Thank you mate, will have a close look on it, but seems possible :P
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    That sounds like a good way to give yourself a case of lead poisoning. When they say be careful, I think that means you have to get a hood and respirator before you try that.
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